Showcasing Irish Shellfish this Summer

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

If you live near  or have recently visited the coast of Ireland, you will no doubt have seen the brightly coloured balls dotting the surface of the water in small bays and coves this time of year. These little balls of colour indicate the crab and lobster season has begun.  

Small boats which catch crab and lobster ‘shoot’ their pots in a line in sheltered waters, and the brightly coloured ball shaped floats attached to the pots act as stablisers to keep the pots in place, and as signals to where the pots are when it’s time to haul them up. Pots are left overnight, and hopefully, there will be a catch or two in each pot when the boat returns. Fresh crab and lobster are plentiful in the summer months. The season is now in full swing with lots of blue shelled Atlantic lobster and common brown crabs lurking in the depths.  

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

For those interested in conservation of marine life, Ireland’s lobster fishermen operate a ‘V’ Notch system, which is a piece in the shape of a ‘v’ clipped from the tail shells of female lobsters. This indicates to fishermen that lobsters marked with the ‘v’ are  breeding females which should be returned to the water.  This is especially important if they are carrying ‘roe’, the eggs of the lobster which will eventually make baby lobsters.


Seaside Dining this Summer 

At Good Food Ireland, we have several seaside restaurants which specialise in best quality freshly caught local seafood. Treat yourself to a wonderful feast while the season lasts. You’ll find Good Food Ireland members serving great seafood from both the east and west coasts of Ireland and down south in coastal Co. Cork. Grab one of our Good Food Ireland maps, available in any of our members' outlets, have a wander and enjoy what the water has to offer shellfish lovers this summer. 

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer


Rathmullan House on the banks of Lough Swilly is a good place to start. Crab and lobster are caught in the waters of the lough which is but a short stroll through the gardens of this magnificent country house and served in The Taproom and Batt's bar & cafe.


Aqua Restaurant in Howth, Co. Dublin, lives up to it's name. This idyllic spot has a seaside location and views over Ireland’s Eye, a small island just offshore. Enjoy the classy fish and seafood menu in a perfect destination which reflects it's natural setting. 

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

Kelly’s Resort Hotel is right on the beach, and serves fresh crab and lobster from nearby Kilmore Quay. Yummy

The bar at the Cliff House Hotel has magnificent views of Ardmore Bay to accompany your crab or lobster feast. You might even see a pod of dolphins cruising the bay as you dine. 

White Horses in Ardmore Village is close to the lovely beach. Beautiful lobster and crab salads and a gorgeous garden terrace to dine outside. 


An Port Mor in Westport, Co. Mayo, is a fab evening bistro with superb fresh crab and lobster dishes cooked by award winning chef Frankie Mallon. It’s cosy, it’s intimate and you’ve got the best of Mayo seafood to pick from.

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

Fresh shellfish at the Roisin Dubh Restaurant at Renvyle House gets the Tim O’Sullivan treatment. Right on the sea, so you can be guaranteed your crab and lobster are fresh from the water of the Atlantic Ocean on the Wild Atlantic Way.

At Gorman’s Clifftop Guesthouse, on the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry,  the restaurant serves fine crab and lobster from Dingle Bay. And serves it with more than a smattering of the Irish language! This is the place to hear the Mother Tongue spoken fluently as you dine on the best crab and lobster with sea and mountain views. 

The lobster and crab tank at The Smugglers Inn restaurant, Waterville, Co. Kerry means your shellfish doesn’t come fresher than this. Caught in the waters off the Iveragh Peninsula, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay. This is not only a place to enjoy a fantastic meal, but to watch the sun go down in one of the most spectacular parts of Ireland. 

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

QC’s Seafood Restaurant, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry  has family boats to catch the best crab and lobster from Valentia Bay just a stroll down the road, a stretch of water  which is famous for fantastic fish and seafood.

The Crookhaven Inn, Crookhaven. Right out on the Mizen Peninsula, this lovely restaurant serves locally caught crab and lobster and has outdoor tables so you can soak up the atmosphere of this village on the edge of the world as you dine. 

O’Connor’s Seafood Restaurant Bantry Co. Cork, does what it says on the tin! Fresh crab and lobster from Bantry Bay, served with a view of the sea.


Fishy Fishy Seafood Restaurant Kinsale. Mention the name Martin Shanahan and you know you’re gonna get good shellfish. Fresh from the boats which Martin names on the menu. Beautiful outdoor terrace to eat when the sun shines. Magic.

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

Jim Edwards Pub and Restaurant in the heart of Kinsale couldn’t be closer to the boats which catch the crab and lobster for the menu. It’s a stones throw from Kinsale harbour, where small boats are tied up next to the glamorous yachts and motor cruisers of the seafarers who visit this West Cork town in summer. 

Good Food Ireland Members Showcasing Shellfish this Summer

Cronin’s Pub and Madfish Restaurant lives up to it's name. Right by the water in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, you can sit outside on a good day and enjoy an open crab sandwich or have a lobster dinner in the restaurant. Brilliant atmosphere too. 

Murph’s Tavern East Ferry Co. Cork sits on the estuary of Cork Harbour and serves locally caught crab and lobster in season from Ballycotton. Lovely casual pub atmosphere and some outdoor tables overlooking the water too.

Why not plan a bespoke tour of these Good Food Ireland Members this Summer? Contact our sales team today on
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